A Stylish Movie: Bonnie and Clyde


Bonnie and Clyde (1967) stars Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker, a bored small-town girl, and Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow, a small-time ex-con. The movie romanticizes the couple's string of bank robberies that made newspaper headlines and caught the imagination of the Depression-era public. Faye Dunaway is lovely in pencil skirts, berets and silk scarves. Warren Beatty is equally stylish in double-breasted suits, vests, spectator shoes and hats. … [Read more...]

Style Movie: The King’s Speech


It is over a year since I last contributed to this series. The simple truth of the lapse is that though I must have seen over 50 films in that period, none of them stirred anything inside me which was capable of inspiration. None, that is, until I saw The King’s Speech. A film that has received plaudits from far and wide – from the New York Times to Her Majesty herself – it is easy to regard The King’s Speech ‘superficially’ as … [Read more...]

Stylish Television: Boardwalk Empire


Boardwalk Empire is an original television series that premiered this fall on HBO. The show follows Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) who is a powerful politician and gangster in control of Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition.  The show was created by Terence Winter, the Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos. The first episode was directed by Academy Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese. The shows producers have … [Read more...]

Wall Street II


This week the long awaited Wall Street II: Money Never Sleeps hit the big screen. With Michael Douglas reprising the role of anti-hero Gordon Gekko, the ruthless, street-fighting financier, it promises much. As the original remains one of my favourite films I sincerely hope it delivers. The original Wall Street defined a decade, Thatcherism and Raganomics both. For years strutting peacocks in the city expounded “lunch is for wimps” and … [Read more...]

The Dandies Of The NBA


Basketball is not a sport I associate with dandyism. In fact, it is not a sport I associate with much at all, though that is not for want of trying. My memories of playing basketball at school are rather unhappy ones. Not exactly of ideal stature, I was enthusiastic but was invariably subjected to that terrible, psychologically injurious humiliation of being among the last in team selection. Outside of school, basketball was not really a sport … [Read more...]